R. Bruce Elder is a filmmaker, critic, and teacher of Film Studies at Ryerson University. He is considered one of Canada's foremost avant-garde filmmakers. Professor Elder also has a background in applied mathematics and computer science, and has a strong interest in digital image processing; he has developed computer applications for applying signal processing algorithms in his filmmaking. He has written books and articles on film, music, poetry and the visual arts, and curated a number of film festivals and exhibitions and been involved with organizations such as the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Center, the Film Studies Association of Canada and The Funnel Experimental Film Theatre. His research interests include history and theory of avant-garde; Canadian cultural studies; modernisms and modernity; avant-garde movements in art and literature of the twentieth century.